I'm a QBI (Queenslander born interstate) and like to write about things that inspire me in my adopted hometown. Living by choice in the inner southside of Brisbane.
Published March 27th 2012
This cute shop in a retro building on Annerley Road, Annerley, is a delight to visit for the amazing array of nostalgic items decorating the spaces inside and out, and definitely worth a browse for the reasonably priced vintage clothes. It's like an Aladdin's Cave of nostalgia from all eras, with old posters the Baby Boomers and Gen X are sure to recognise, vinyl records adorning the walls, sofas like your nanna used to have (with resident Miniature Dachshund curled up on a tan velour cushion), booths like from "Happy Days" to sit and enjoy your coffee or tea in, and a change room like no other.
Proprietor Holly loves her vintage - anything. She is in her element constantly adding to her collection of bric-a-brac from the '50s, '60s, 70s and 80s and I love popping in every now and then to check out the latest additions to the décor, grab a delicious beverage and see what little bargain I may find. The last one I nabbed was a gorgeous long-sleeved black velvet number from the 60s with a scalloped neckline. And it was on special. Sorry for bragging, but you just feel different wearing that kind of stuff.
Outdoors there is a funky seating area that has quite the view, across to the river and some mountains further afield – is that Indro' I can see or maybe Brookfield?
Anyway, Holly makes a yummy coffee and it's organic and fair trade. For people invited to 70s parties who are thinking, "Yikes, what am I going to wear?", It's Vintage Darling is the place to head on a Saturday morning. Just check out those stretchy psychedelic-patterned slacks with the round buckle!